As a therapist in private practice, a huge part of our success has to do with our mindset. Building a business can be lonely, it can be discouraging, it can take time and if we don't truly believe in our worth and believe in what we're doing, it can be that much harder to go through this process.
So this tip is something that I want to offer you if you are struggling at all with recognizing your worth and your value and really believing in the process. In order for you to find true success in private practice, which I define as charging your full fee, working only the hours you want to and only with the clients you want, you have to have a foundation of faith and belief in the work that you're doing.
And not just the work in general, we all know that therapy is helpful. I don't think any of us would be doing it if we didn't believe that, but taking that even further and really recognizing your particular worth and your value, and what YOU bring to your clients.
That's what I want to talk about with you in this video. I have this super quick, super fast little, exercise that I want to offer you that will help you work through any doubt or uncertainty you might be holding onto regarding your value in private practice.
If you're struggling at all with any of this stuff, and even if you're not, do it because it's a great activity!
I want you to write your own testimonials.
I don't want you to look at actual testimonials from real clients, this activity is more about yourself and going inside and recognizing the worth and the value that you are bringing. And so what I want you to consider doing is to get out a pen and paper, get your journal, sit down, and put yourself into the mind of your client. You can use an actual client, if you're already an established practitioner and you've been working with clients for awhile or you can create a fantasy client if you aren't at the point of working with clients yet.
And I want you to write a letter to yourself from that client. I want you to tell yourself all of the amazing things that you have done to help this particular client.
I want you to talk about the transformation that you allow your clients to experience. Why the time you spend together each week is so meaningful.
What would your ideal clients say about the work that you do? Why is it great? What is the transformation that you're providing them?
Why are you so special as a therapist?
Because you are and it's important for you to recognize that you are. Your clients think you are and your colleagues think you are.
Most of the time our biggest obstacle is our own self perception. And so this activity is really great to help break through some of those blocks if you're having any, which we all have them and we have them at different times.
So this is something that I like to kind of keep in my back pocket. I think it's amazing. It's such a great way to recognize and to give ourselves credit for how hard we're working and when you're playing around with the idea of increasing your fee and those limiting beliefs come up or you're setting your fee in the first place, and those limiting beliefs come up, the fear comes up that says, I can't do that.
Why? How could I possibly charged so much?
You can go back and you can look at these testimonials and recognize that, "oh, that's right. That's why I can charge so much because I have something that's really valuable to offer people."
I hope this is helpful. If it is, and if you do this activity, which I really hope you do, please let me know how it goes. I'd love to hear from you. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have any suggestions or any other ideas or things that you do when you're struggling with the work and you're struggling with feeling like you're actually doing something impactful.